I flew to Alaska determined to change the world. I returned home devastated, filled with fear and the kind of heartache it takes years to overcome.Now, as I hurl through the sky on the wings of heartbreak and despair, I’m desperately trying to hold myself together. Not just because of why I’m flying back, but because I know he’ll be waiting.John Jennings — the man who made me realize I could fly … realize I could fly without my feet ever leaving the ground.
The promise I returned to keep will change our lives irrevocably.
We’ve been separated for years by more than air; there’s a secret that stands between us.
Only the time has come to reveal it.
Return by Air is an emotional second chance love story where two people were brought back in each other’s lives through the loss of loved ones. Jennings and Kara have been out of each other’s lives for the past 16 years and there are secrets and promises that need to be revealed. Changes were definitely coming their way, but the way everyone came together was beautiful to read.
Overall Jennings and Kara’s story had all the feels, it was filled with so much love, loss, heartache, and two lost souls finding each other again. There were wonderful secondary characters that I can not wait to read their stories. I definitely recommend it.
Return By Air was a little bit sadder than I had anticipated – but it made me sad in all the good ways! Kara and Jennings’ story spans 16 years. Their summer love affair in Alaska when they are in their early 20’s ends with Jennings pushing Kara away due to his fear of abandonment. Kara is left on her own to deal with the consequences of their affair – a pregnancy resulting in their son, Kevin. Though she tries for many years, she is never able to contact Jennings to let him know about his son. And so Kara moves on – or at least she thought she had.
With the unwavering support of her brother, Dean, and his loving husband, Jed, she is able to give Kevin a wonderful, happy life. But a tragic accident leads her back to Alaska to grieve the death of one of Jennings’ closest friends – Jed – the same Jed who is married to Kara’s brother. Though Jed obviously knew about Kevin’s existence, Kara had sworn him to secrecy – he was not allowed to tell Jennings about Kevin. Kara felt like she had tried enough and needed to let Jennings go. As a compromise, Kara agreed that should anything terrible ever happen to Jed, she would bring Kevin to Alaska and introduce him to Jennings. Kara agreed reluctantly – even though she NEVER thought she would ever have to go through with it.
Though he could have had no way of predicting his own death, Jed Smith sets things up so that Kevin and Kara spend the summer following his death in Alaska. Jennings, who is there to grieve for his friend, realizes immediately what he has missed out on for the past 16 years. The story is not only that of Kara and Jennings re-discovering each other and falling in love again, but it’s also the story of a son finding a father, and a man finding a family and a love he never thought he would ever have. The story had all the feels. A soaring love story stretching from one end of North America to the other, encompassing both romantic love and the love of family – whether that family is by blood or by choice. Absolutely recommended!
I’ll fly away with Jennings any day!
I absolutely adored this story and the gaggle of side characters that I HOPE HOPE HOPE get to shine in their own stories!
This book had me in all the feels, straight from the top! We follow Kara and Jennings…two lost souls that didn’t know what they had been missing after they were torn apart and lived for years without each other and what could have been. When they reunite due to unforeseen circumstances, they learn so much about who the other is, has become and what will forever bond them for eternity. Their journey back to one another is one of sweet fairytales, but not without struggle, heartache, and looking back at so many what if’s. It’s laced with fear, hope, love, faith and plenty of ‘I told you so” moments that make you chuckle.
I haven’t read a book that has brought me to tears in a while, this one gave me a good cry in all the best ways. The true bonds of love and family are very strong in this heartfelt story.
I love that this story solely focused on them years later when they were older and wiser, vs. a love story of a couple in their 20’s. You can really understand the growth and maturity of the characters. Kara is amazing woman and her relationship/banter with Kevin is like a glimpse into my future that I’m looking forward too. Jennings is everything the gruff, manly man, cocky pilot you think he is but with a strong dose of sensitivity and weakness for his loved ones mixed evenly in that make him a great hero for the story.
This is an all around well put together, beautifully spoken book that is a need to be experienced. I will reiterate that, this book needs to be experienced, much like all of Tracey’s books.